Tom Tyning presents Snakes! at the Jonathan Edwards Library

Did you know that there are fourteen species of snakes in Western Massachusetts, and with the exception of the unfortunately very rare timber rattlesnake, none are venomous?  Professor Tyning presented an intriguing talk on snakes, and even brought along some live specimens for the audience to touch.  There was a good crowd in attendance, and plenty of opportunity for the curious to ask questions.  Tom featured his excellent website in the discussion.  We highly recommend that you peruse it, as here you can find in-depth descriptions of snakes and their habitats, as well as photographs for identifying these.  The site can be found at  And if you are worried about Rattlesnakes on Mount Greylock, don’t; there aren’t any in North County.

Ellen Kennedy and Bob Deluca get to hold a snake.

President Ellen Kennedy and Bob Deluca at the presentation.


Library Assistant Roz Broch makes a friend.

Library Assistant Roz Broch makes a new friend.

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